In the six hundredth year of Noah’s life, in the second month, on the seventeenth day of the month – on that day all the fountains of the great deep 1 burst open and the floodgates of the heavens 2 were opened.
So Moses extended his hand toward the sea, and the sea returned to its normal state 1 when the sun began to rise. 2 Now the Egyptians were fleeing 3 before it, but the Lord overthrew 4 the Egyptians in the middle of the sea.
Then Moses said to Aaron and his sons, “Boil the meat at the entrance of the Meeting Tent, and there you are to eat it and the bread which is in the ordination offering basket, just as I have commanded, 1 saying, ‘Aaron and his sons are to eat it,’
The one who gathers the ashes of the heifer must wash his clothes and be ceremonially unclean until evening. This will be a permanent ordinance both for the Israelites and the resident foreigner who lives among them.
When we heard the news we lost our courage and no one could even breathe for fear of you. 1 For the Lord your God is God in heaven above and on earth below!
The Lord handed them over to Israel and they struck them down and chased them all the way to Greater Sidon, 1 Misrephoth Maim, 2 and the Mizpah Valley to the east. They struck them down until no survivors remained.
Your fathers 1 cried out for help to the Lord; he made the area between you and the Egyptians dark, 2 and then drowned them in the sea. 3 You witnessed with your very own eyes 4 what I did in Egypt. You lived in the wilderness for a long time. 5
Even before they burned the fat, the priest’s attendant would come and say to the person who was making the sacrifice, “Hand over some meat for the priest to roast! He won’t take boiled meat from you, but only raw.” 1
Finally Saul 1 himself went to Ramah. When he arrived at the large cistern that is in Secu, he asked, “Where are Samuel and David?” They said, “At Naioth in Ramah.”
If that happens even the bravest soldier – one who is lion-hearted – will virtually melt away. For all Israel knows that your father is a warrior and that those who are with him are brave.
But a young man saw them on one occasion and informed Absalom. So the two of them quickly departed and went to the house of a man in Bahurim. There was a well in his courtyard, and they got down in it.
Rizpah the daughter of Aiah took sackcloth and spread it out for herself on a rock. From the beginning of the harvest until the rain fell on them, 1 she did not allow the birds of the air to feed 2 on them by day, nor the wild animals 3 by night.
“The time will come when the land suffers from a famine, a plague, blight and disease, or a locust 1 invasion, or when their enemy lays siege to the cities of the land, 2 or when some other type of plague or epidemic occurs.